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Symphonies 31, 35 and 40

W.A. Mozart Audio CD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B000094Q36
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro Assai
2. Andantino
3. Allegro
4. Allegro Con Spirito
5. Andante
6. Menuetto
7. Presto
8. Allegro Molto
9. ANdante
10. Menuetto: Allegretto
11. Finale: Allegro Assai

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Performances, Well Recorded August 8, 2004
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Austrian born Georg Tintner began studying music as a child and was a member of the famous Vienna Boys Choir for several years. He fled the Nazis in his late teens in 1938 and after a short sojourn in England, emigrated to New Zealand, where he became involved in the musical life there. In 1947, he became music director for the Auckland String Players and the Auckland Choral Society. After a number of years, he became conductor of the Australian National Opera and later conducted in South Africa, England, and later in the US and Canada.

From 1995 to 1998 Tintner made his internationally acclaimed recordings of all the Bruckner Symphonies for Naxos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. These are my favorite recordings of the Bruckner symphonies.

I rather liked these recordings of Mozart Symphonies but before I wrote this review I played a number of fine recordings of each work. Symphony No. 31, the Paris Symphony, is given as good a performance as I have, whether by Jane Glover, Hogwood or Pinnock. However, let's concentrate on the greater works, No. 35, the Haffner Symphony, and No. 40. For the Haffner, my favorite has long been the Krips recording reissued on Chesky, along with another he did for London with the Israel Philharmonic (not the Philips recordings). But I also listened to performances with Marriner, Colin Davis, Karl Böhm (Vienna Philharmonic), Antonia Brico, Pablo Casals, and historically informed performances with Hogwood and Pinnock. For No. 40, my favorite recording has been one by Nicholas Cleobury and the London Symphony on a Castle CD. I listened to performances with Marriner, Casals, Klemperer, and of course, Hogwood and Pinnock.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and lethargic with Bad sound... June 3, 2004
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I really think trying to capitalize off of a disceased conductor and giving us his poorest work is a disaster. In spite of the hardness of these words we really have here some very dull and unemotional Mozart. In parts of the 40th one really gets to hear how univolved this orchestra is...there is not one iota of passion to be found..for example Berlin with Bohm can be purchased for just as low a price with 10 times more voltage.
Once again Naxos releases another dud in the series and this time a really big one. This orchestra just seems to have a snooze button on most of the time..on top the recording is not very clean with a sort of background hum at times which is disconcerting...
Orchestral brass are not always together and sometimes the woodwinds are having noticable intonation trouble...
All in all Naxos has to be considered at fault on this one. You can't serve the memory of a conductor by releasing the worst performance of a Mozart set of symphonies performed ever..try Marriner or Karajan even and at least there is some beauty of phrasing and sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Unnecessary Recording May 22, 2003
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Recordings of Mozart's symphonies grow on trees. There are literally dozens of recordings of each of the best-known symphonies, like those on this disc. The question arises then: why this CD of the Symphony No. 31, 'Paris,' the No. 35, 'Haffner,' and the G minor, No. 40? The only convincing reason would be that Georg Tintner and Symphony Nova Scotia have something extraordinary to say in these live performances. They don't.
Georg Tintner (1917-1999) was an Austrian conductor who had to leave Austria at the time of Hitler. He labored in relative obscurity leading orchestras in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Canada. He came to some international attention with his series of Brucker symphony recordings on the Naxos label in the late 1990s, just before his death. I bought most of those recordings and will admit that I didn't find much that made them special. I will also admit that I'm not a Bruckner expert and there were certainly plenty of such experts who thought the recordings were worthwhile.
Late in his life he was conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia, and these three recordings were made 'live' at various times between 1989 and 1994. Again, I find nothing particularly notable about them; the interpretations seem fairly mainstream to me. The playing has some lovely stretches but there are far too many patches of uncertain intonation and ensemble in all departments of the orchestra for it to be anything other than average.
We are told in the CD booklet that this is the first of a 'Tintner Memorial Edition' that will run to twelve issues. Nine will be with this orchestra, and three with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. I know there will be those who eagerly await the appearance of each.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These performance don't compare critically!!! August 25, 2004
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If your an audiophile looking for superb sonics and balances these records are not what you are looking for. If you are a Tintner fan and proud of his work in Canada they may be for you however, that being said these are really more like radio sonics and have limited dynamics and give the impression of live concerts with the inherent flaws in the foreground.
YOu will never go wrong here, but of you are looking for truly great and weighty interpretations step towards the DG Bohm or even Szell on Sony with even lower pricing.
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